Jason Bruges is showing in Milan for the first time with Established & Sons. His Flatliner family of lights uses LEDs on thin discs with touch technology along the rim: simply tap your fingertip and they begin to shine, or leave it there and the fixtures will dim. “They’re stealth and sleek, but emit this very warm kind of light,” he told me. These cool lamps with bright pin pricks shining through will be offered in hanging, floor, and desk varieties. Though his studio generally designs for public space, he's thrilled to be making pieces for a different kind of audience.
Where did you travel from?
How many years have you been coming to Salone?
I’ve been before, but this is my first year exhibiting.
How is this year different from last year? Any changes you’ve noticed?
I haven’t seen anything yet, if I’m honest.
What are you most excited about and why?
I like being in Milan and just happening upon things. I went for a run this morning and came across a camping exhibition with a bunch of crazy tent designs. Who knew?
What are you most looking forward to?
I’m an architect-turned-artist-stroke-innovator, and it’s so interesting, as there’s a real hybrid of people doing the same kind of things—chairs, tables, lights— from such different angles.
What are your plans this evening?
Well, last night we were too tired, so we went for a pizza and a quick beer. Tonight we will be out and about; Going for a run tomorrow will definitely be a little harder.